Oh Sunday, with your logistics challenges and shopping. Today I’m feeling inspired after a week away from kitchen, sweet kitchen. Time to use up the stored goods, so shopping is very light. There’s a surplus of eggplant, waiting to be roasted, grilled, or baked crunchy, and some green tomatoes that won’t be green forever.
As today is Father’s Day, I’d like to pause to thank my dad for teaching me to taste food thoughtfully, to consider how it is constructed, and for the gallons of Hawaiian Punch that were in various stages of experimentation in my youth. And of course for the recipe for Fruit Bake, which is wonderful applied to any cobbler. Thanks, Dad, for treating the food I produced as a kid as something special, and encouraging me to keep cooking. I love you!
And now Gentle Readers, here’s what’s on the Weekly Menus board:
Four-Square Grocery List (very small in the summer!):
The CSA from Brinkley Farms:
1 pack bacon
1 lb red tomatoes
1 lb roma beans
2 pablano peppers
Which, when you add it all up, means:
Probably Rainbow Trout with a buttery, nutty sauce and some Yukon Gold potatoes, finished with something green.
Monday: Eggplant Surprise!
Lots of exclamation points this week as I head back into the test kitchen. For the sake of time and convenience, this will probably mean a Turkish prep, serving as a base for a kebab, or baba ghanoush. If I have more time/energy, maybe eggplant parm or rollatini.
Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Sausage and Waffles, side of fruit, maybe banana bread.
Wednesday: Chicken (braised)
Depending on my mood and the available flavorings and spices, I’m going to make a simple braised chicken dish, stovetop, so that I don’t heat the house up.
Thursday: Steak and Potatoes
Very simple, very easy. Probably with a mushroom sauce to top.
Burritos with a filling of one of the previous meals!
Saturday: Dine Out(side)!
Let the summer weather roll.
What are you eating this week? Just found a cucumber and cantaloupe salad recipe in a fave food mag, so I predict there will be some experimentation as the week progresses. Stay tuned. Happy Father’s Day!
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Coming up tomorrow, Fruit Bake Recipe!